A University of Hawaii at Manoa biology professor has helped decode the genome of a the Western Painted Turtle — a well-studied freshwater species that is widespread throughout North America.
The feat is noteworthy because the Western Painted Turtle marks the second reptile species for which a complete genome sequence has been documented, according to a UHM press release. The first one was the green anole lizard.
Genome sequencing is especially valuable for scientists because it can lend insight into certain human health-related problems. For example, understanding how the Western Painted Turtles